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Iwanai CAT Skiing

Ski from sea to summit with Iwanai Resort’s unique CAT skiing experience

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Are you looking for a truly unique powder skiing adventure? Go from sea to summit with the Iwanai CAT skiing experience. With incredible views of the coastline and world famous powder, Iwanai CAT skiing offers an unforgettable day on the mountain. Enjoy runs of untracked champagne power. Ski through old growth trees, steep bowls and wide open areas. 

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CAT skiing in the legendary Iwanai Resort. Ski 450-680m of vertical in 6-9 epic runs. Up to 14 skiers can enjoy this unforgettable experience. Ski world renowned champagne powder and witness 360 degree views from the summit.

Iwanai Village is located just 40 minutes from Niseko. The village is a small fishing town with authentic Hokkaido culture, often overlooked by most tourists.

CAT skiing in Iwanai is best suited for advanced to expert skiers with powder skiing experience. For low-intermediate riders, there are retired course runs that will help you get the hang of skiing in such deep powder.

January to March is the most ideal time for skiing in Japan.


Iwanai Resort is a hidden gem that few people get to experience. A full running ski resort in a past life, now turned into a unique, ghost of a ski town. See the remains of old chair lifts and huts. From the summit, you will enjoy vast ocean views to the West, look East and you will witness the stunning, endless backcountry and the legendary Mt. Yotie volcano. Only 40 minutes from Niseko, Iwanai is the perfect day trip to experience something truly unique.


Start your day at 7:00am with a complimentary pick up from your Niseko accommodation. Once in Iwanai you’ll get a safety briefing and run-down of what is in store for your epic day. You’ll start your journey up the mountain, passing gorgeous forests and steep bowls, making note of what features you plan to ski! Once at the summit you can enjoy stunning views and prepare for the exhilarating runs down. In between laps, enjoy complimentary snacks and coffee. After a quick stop for lunch, you’ll finish your last few runs and end at an apres celebration to commemorate a truly unforgettable day.


07:00 – 07:30 – Pickup from Niseko 

08:15 – Arrive at Iwanai Resort

08:30 – Safety briefing

09:00 – Start your CAT skiing tour

10:30 – Complimentary sweets and coffee

12:30 – Lunch

15:30 – Finish tour

15:30 – 17:30 – Apres festivities 

17:30 – 18:30 – Return shuttle to Niseko


Starting at JPY130,000 per person

Included for this price:

  • Pickup and drop-off from Niseko
  • Backcountry ski guides
  • Coffee and snacks
  • 6-9 epic runs, dependent on conditions and group ability
  • Après ski event
  • Avalanche safety equipment
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